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Labour News

Unions urge govt to prevent Highveld collapse 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th February 2016 Trade unions Solidarity and the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) have urged government to intervene in the collapse of Highveld Steel & Vanadium to prevent the loss of a strategic player and thousands of skilled jobs. The steel major on Tuesday issued notice to 1 800 of its staff members as... 

Construction chemicals producer to open R&D centre in Jet Park

     12th February 2016 Construction chemicals producer The Chryso Group’s plans to use South Africa as the springboard for increased penetration into the African continent will be boosted by the establishment of a new research and development (R&D) facility at the Chryso Southern Africa head office in Jet Park, in the... 

Construction chemicals producer to open R&D centre in Jet Park
THIERRY BERNARD The CEO of Chryso group recently announced the opening of a new research and development centre in Jet Park

International civil engineering conference to be held in CT

By: Lynne Jackson     12th February 2016 Open-access journal publishing group of India OMICS will host the International Conference on Sustainable Civil Engineering in Cape Town from June 20 to 22. The conference will focus on applying a sustainability concept when designing a structure, and when constructing and maintaining civil... 

International civil engineering  conference to be held in CT
CIVIL ENGINEERING The International Conference on Sustainable Civil Engineering will be held in Cape Town in June

Knowledge of tribology key for lubricants industry

By: Simon Sonnekus     12th February 2016 The focus in the oils and lubricants industry is constantly being shifted to address regulations that arise, which, in turn, creates a need to establish a better understanding of tribology for the industry, says the South African Institute of Tribology (Sait). 

Knowledge of tribology  key for lubricants industry
THOMAS SURMON Sait is working with the Department of Science and Technology and the South African Bureau of Standards to make sure local lubricant standards match international standards

AIDC to use new augmented reality welding simulators 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th February 2016 Students who are looking to start careers in vehicle production at the Automotive Industry Development Centre’s Gauteng Automotive Learning Centre will be able to benefit from the centre’s new augmented-reality welding programme. 

AIDC to use new augmented reality welding simulators

Free Market Foundation challenges ‘failing’ labour law 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th February 2016 While international companies are keen to invest in South Africa, they are unable to meet the conditions of employment that have been extended to non-parties, forming part of a myriad of reasons why the the Free Market Foundation (FMF) is challenging the current “failing labour law”. The FMF was... 

Free Market Foundation challenges ‘failing’ labour law

Government, Cosatu will agree on differences – Ramaphosa

By: African News Agency      8th February 2016 Government is certain it will reach agreement with the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) on the minimum wage and other issues, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday. He was addressing hundreds of African National Congress supporters at the old Peter Mokaba stadium in... 

Government, Cosatu will agree on differences – Ramaphosa
Photo by Duane Daws
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

Gas supplier strives for OHS excellence

     5th February 2016 Gas products supplier Air Products South Africa has, over a number of years, developed a formal occupational health and safety (OHS) programme, which has proven effective, and has gained recognition in the health and safety industry. The safety programme involves not only strict adherence to... 

Gas supplier strives  for OHS excellence
SUE JANSE VAN VUUREN corporate risk manger at Air Products South Africa

Government-funded programme to launch Phase 2 at Energy Indaba

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 Resource efficiency programme the National Cleaner Production Centre, South Africa (NCPC-SA) will launch Phase 2 of its Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) project, at the Energy Services (Esco) Conference, which takes place on February 17, day two of the 2016 Africa Energy Indaba.  

Government-funded  programme to launch Phase 2 at Energy Indaba
REACHING OUT TO BUSINESSES Industrial Energy Efficiency phase 2 will be introducing a funding mechanism for businesses that require financing for the energy efficiency projects

New health and safety training courses launched

By: Lynne Jackson     5th February 2016 Health and safety training company NOSA is set to roll out two new health and safety courses launched at the end of last year. NOSA marketing, commercial and social media editor Nadia Pisanti says NOSA’s 34 training facilities across South Africa are indicative of the high demand for education... 

SA defence group promoting high-tech education, training

By: Keith Campbell     5th February 2016 The Acting CEO of South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel, Zwelakhe Ntshepe, is “delighted” at his company’s role in helping prepare young South Africans to participate in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. He was speaking at the group’s recent annual Young Achievers Awards... 

Africa set for exponential growth by 2025 – report 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd February 2016 Africa is expected to become the second fastest growing region in the world by 2025, with gross domestic product of $4.5-trillion, analysis by Frost & Sullivan shows. In a video report on the ‘Mega Trends in Africa’ Frost & Sullivan executives noted that urbanisation, mobility, infrastructure,... 

Africa set for exponential growth by 2025 – report

Gauteng extends township business support campaign

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st February 2016 The Gauteng Department of Economic Development has intensified its Qondis’ Ishishini Lakho, or Fix Your Business, campaign – aimed at assisting township entrepreneurs in formalising their businesses.   The department has, since the campaign’s launch in October 2015, assisted more than 6 000... 

Gauteng extends township business support campaign

Special desk set up to help black business with future nuclear opportunities 

By: Keith Campbell     1st February 2016 A nuclear energy business desk has been created by the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) and the Black Business Council. The establishment of the desk was announced on Monday and followed a meeting between the two organisations on Friday. The desk has been set up against the... 

Special desk set up to help black business with future nuclear opportunities
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
An aerial view of Necsa’s complex at Pelindaba

Minister Nkwinti to discuss plans for agriparks in S Africa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th January 2016 To further revitalise the agricultural and agroprocessing value chain, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti will, this weekend, host a workshop with 1 000 AgriParks advisory committee members from 44 districts. This formed part of the of government’s nine-point plan to ignite... 

Minister Nkwinti to discuss plans for agriparks in S Africa

Business matchmaking sessions to be a hit again at exhibition

     29th January 2016 Following last year’s success, after it was launched at the co-located Securex and A-OSH EXPO exhibitions, the Business Matchmaking Programme expected to be an attraction at this year’s event, says exhibitions organiser Specialised Exhibitions director Joshua Low.  

Event puts planning in the spotlight

By: Bruce Montiea     29th January 2016 Along with the discussions and debates expected from the planning fraternity, special focus on planning as a career path, as well as creating special exposure to planning for university-level students and high school learners, will be the highlights for this year’s South African Planning... 

Event puts planning in the spotlight
Photo by Bloomberg
PLANNING PROFESSIONALS The Planning Africa Conference aims to attract more than 500 delegates

Logistics company says award affirms service offering

By: Dylan Slater     29th January 2016 Having been finalists in the awards for Best Management Technology and Best Management Innovation for a medium enterprise at the Technology Top 100 (TT100) Business Awards 2015 late last year, Sandton-based logistics software developer Dovetail believes that this affirms its being in line with... 

Logistics company says award  affirms service offering
INNOVATING LOGISTICS Dovetail’s innovation to provide up-to-date software solutions for the logistics and supply chain industry is driven by these niche industries’ constantly changing needs

Policy challenges hampering logistics industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th January 2016 A key challenge for the South African logistics industry is the apparent lack of regulation and standards applicable to logistics and supply chain management companies, states materials management and logistics consultancy Greiner, Mendi & Associates (GMA) MD Lars Greiner.  

Policy challenges hampering  logistics industry
PROJECT DELIVERY Greiner Mendi and Associates services for the St Helena project, on behalf of Basil Read, included sourcing a ship and a crane and installed it on the vessel

UCT joins international university research alliance

By: David Oliveira     29th January 2016 The University of Cape Town (UCT) last month became the first African university and the eleventh member of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), which boast membership from some of the world’s leading universities. From UCT – which has consistently ranked as the leading... 

Wits, Unilever to pioneer practical work training for engineering students 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th January 2016 In the first corporate-academic partnership of its kind, consumer goods manufacturer Unilever South Africa and Wits, have announced a collaborative skills development programme that aims to provide promising engineering students with practical work experience and a premium academic qualification. 

Wits, Unilever to pioneer practical work training for engineering students

Mmusi Maimane leads jobs march in Johannesburg

By: African News Agency      27th January 2016 Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane will on Wednesday lead a jobs march through the Johannesburg central business district, his party said in a statement. The march will begin at the Westgate Transport Hub, Corner of Anderson Street and Pat Mbatha Busway. 

Mmusi Maimane leads jobs march in Johannesburg
Mmusi Maimane

S African citrus farmers’ investment paying off as EU exports rise

By: Anine Kilian     25th January 2016 Three years of intense collaboration between the European Union (EU) and the Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa (CGA) resulted in record South African citrus exports in 2015. Given that the EU is the biggest export market for South African citrus, the domestic industry continues to... 

S African citrus farmers’ investment paying off as EU exports rise
Laeveld Sitrus

Defence group Denel promoting high-tech education and training

By: Keith Campbell     22nd January 2016 The acting CEO of South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel, Zwelakhe Ntshepe, is “delighted” at his company’s role in helping prepare young South Africans to participate in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. He was speaking at the group’s annual Young Achievers Awards ceremony in... 

Defence group Denel promoting high-tech education and training
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Acting Denel Group CEO Zwelakhe Ntshepe

Cycloidal drive propulsion commissioned to power local tugboats

By: Dylan Slater     22nd January 2016 Drive components and systems company Voith’s cycloidal drive marine propulsion system, the Voith Schneider propeller, was chosen to power State-owned freight logistics company Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TPNA’s) new fleet of tugboats, currently under construction as part of the 9 Tug... 

Cycloidal drive propulsion commissioned to power local tugboats
CYCLOIDAL DRIVE The size 32 Voith Schneider propeller can produce bollard pulls in excess of 70 t

Eastern Cape ICT incubator posts good 2015 results

By: Schalk Burger     22nd January 2016 Ten new technology startup companies were established in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, in 2015 with the help of the local Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) of the Department of Small Business Development. The Seda Nelson Mandela Bay information and communication technology (ICT)... 

Electric motors donated to training facility

     22nd January 2016 Electric motors manufacturer Zest WEG Group donated a substantial quantity of electrical equipment, which includes electric motors, to the Tshwane North Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College late last year.  

Electric motors donated  to training facility
ELECTRICAL TRAINING Level 3 electrical infrastructure learner at Tshwane North TVET College demonstrates the WEG MPW 25 motor protective circuit breaker

Shell Eco-marathon winners eye London event in 2016

By: Dylan Slater     22nd January 2016 Following its win at this year’s Shell Eco-marathon, BMW Eco Team Pro from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) plans to attract more sponsors for the project to participate abroad, particularly at the 2016 Shell Eco-marathon in London.  

Shell Eco-marathon winners eye London event in 2016
BMW ECO TEAM PRO The BMW Eco Team Pro, consists of engineering students from the University of Johannesburg

S African CEOs not confident of company growth in near term – survey

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st January 2016 In light of South Africa’s pressing macro concerns, including social instability, government’s response to the fiscal deficit and debt burden, overregulation and unemployment, only 37% of local CEOs are very confident of growth in their own companies over the short to medium term, the latest PwC... 

S African CEOs not confident of company growth in near term – survey

UN leverages renowned personalities to promote sustainable development

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th January 2016 United Nations (UN) secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has appointed a group of renowned Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) advocates in an effort to help world leaders achieve the SDGs they adopted at the UN Sustainable Development Summit, which took place in September, last year. The SDGs... 

UN leverages renowned personalities to promote sustainable development
Photo by Reuters
Ban Ki-moon

Lack of regional econ diversification stalls Sub-Saharan African job growth

By: Natalie Greve     20th January 2016 Against the backdrop of long-standing structural weaknesses, combined with unfavourable and volatile current conditions in the global economy and a lack of regional economic diversification, the creation of productive jobs in sub-Saharan Africa remains a key challenge, a report by the... 

Lack of regional econ diversification stalls Sub-Saharan African job growth

Sapoa, National Treasury work together on improving S Africa’s spatial development

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th January 2016 The South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) and the National Treasury have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to focus on joint strategic partnerships, collaboration on research-coordinated planning and urban management. The MoU would place emphasis on spatial planning,... 

Sapoa, National Treasury work together on improving S Africa’s spatial development

Davos brings in youth to help shape outcomes with millenials in mind

By: African News Agency      19th January 2016 Fifty people under the age of 30 from all over the world, including two South Africans, will participate in the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2016 in Davos in a bid to bring a millennial perspective to the agenda. In a statement issued on Monday by the Global Shapers Community – a network... 

Davos brings in youth to help shape outcomes with millenials in mind

WEF warns of more than 7m job losses in next five years 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th January 2016 As many as 7.1-million jobs could be lost through redundancy, automation or disintermediation, globally over the next five years, with the greatest losses in white-collar office and administrative roles, a World Economic Forum (WEF) report, titled The Future of Jobs, warns. The report, which... 

WEF warns of more than 7m job losses in next five years

Contingency plan to rescue employment of professionals

By: Dylan Stewart     15th January 2016 As an alternative to retrenching about 55 professional employees, a large facilities management company had partnered with contingent workforce solutions provider Highveld EOH to transfer the employees to Highveld, providing ad hoc employment for them. Highveld marketing and sales GM Jabu Banda... 

German group seeking water treatment training partnerships in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     15th January 2016 German automation manufacturer Festo is in talks to sign a memorandum of understanding with South African Energy and Water services Sector Education and Training Authority to enable local training organisations to present its Aquatronics diploma course, which is a cross-section of electrical,... 

Incentives, ‘stewardship’ key to improving municipal water management

By: Schalk Burger     15th January 2016 While water conservation and demand management are not practised widely enough in South Africa, incentives can improve private-sector water management, and water-stewardship requirements can improve municipal water management, says engineering firm GIBB Integrated Infrastructure sector senior... 

Incentives, ‘stewardship’ key to improving municipal  water management
JACQUES LAUBSCHER Business and society must change from viewing water as a service to viewing it as a limited commodity worthy of careful management

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